Cloudy Summer School (18-22 August 2014)

Last updated May 29, 2017 by Andrew Brown

Nearly all of the quantitative information we have about the cosmos is the result of the analysis of spectra. We can directly measure the temperature, density, pressure or composition of a cloud of gas or a star, using a telescope and a spectrometer. This Summer School will go over some basics of spectroscopy, with an emphasis on emission-line regions such as star-forming regions, AGB stars, Active Galactic Nuclei and Starburst galaxies, and the intergalactic medium.

We will cover both the theory of diffuse non-LTE matter, quantitative spectroscopy (the science of using spectra to make physical measurements), and using Cloudy to understand an object and its spectrum. The sessions will consist of a mix of textbook study (using Osterbrock & Ferland, Astrophysics of Gaseous Nebulae and Active Galactic Nuclei), application of the spectral-simulation code Cloudy to a variety of astrophysical problems, and projects organized by the participants. No prior experience with Cloudy is assumed.

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We are a Research Cluster of the School of Mathematics and Physics at Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland. Our research interests are focused primarily on computational and theoretical physics.

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